New statewide laws took effect this year requiring all government agencies, including the city of San Diego and SANDAG, to post online information about employee salaries.
The measure originally required names to be attached to titles and total pay for real accountability, but after six different legislative committees debated the language and watered it down, the law now mandates only a link to the California’s State Controller’s Office website. Salaries on that website exclude public employees’ names.
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a Democrat whose district includes Bell — a city notorious in recent years for its corrupt officials — pushed five of her seven transparency bills through the Legislature last year to see them signed into law by the governor. They’re called the Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014.